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Top court votes along ideological lines to halt Obama's legacy carbon pledge

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, the centerpiece of his administration’s strategy to combat climate change. The court voted 5-4 along ideological lines to grant a ...

Oregon occupier holdouts surrender; ringleader changed

Feb 12, 2016

Oregon occupier holdouts surrender; ringleader changed

Surrounded by FBI agents in armored vehicles, the last four occupiers of a national nature preserve surrendered Thursday, and a leader in their movement who organized a 2014 standoff with authorities was criminally charged in federal court. The holdouts were the last remnants of ...

Feb 11, 2016

Dozens dead in Mexico prison riot: reports

At least 30 people died in a pre-dawn prison riot in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Thursday, as smoke billowed from the building, local media reported. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison while angry families of inmates ...

Feb 11, 2016

U.S. woman upset over botched haircut pulls gun on barber

A California woman gave new meaning to the saying “bad hair day” on Wednesday after she tried to shoot her stylist over a botched haircut, police said. Adrian Blanche Swain, 29, allegedly stormed out of the 619 Barber Shop in San Diego after getting ...

Feb 9, 2016

U.S. investigates reported hack of FBI, DHS employee data

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department are investigating a claim that personal data related to thousands of DHS and FBI employees was hacked and has been posted online, an agency spokesman said on Monday. The tech website Motherboard reported on ...

Assange tells U.K., Sweden to let him go after U.N. finding

Feb 5, 2016

Assange tells U.K., Sweden to let him go after U.N. finding

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Friday urged Britain and Sweden to let him walk free from Ecuador’s embassy in London after a U.N. panel found that the antisecrecy campaigner was “arbitrarily detained.” Addressing a news conference via video link from the embassy, where he sought ...

Man admits killing Dutch ex-minister over euthanasia law

Feb 5, 2016

Man admits killing Dutch ex-minister over euthanasia law

A man accused of killing a former Dutch health minister admitted the slaying at a court hearing Thursday, claiming it was an “order from God” because she was responsible for the Netherlands’ euthanasia law. The suspect, identified only as Bart van U. because of ...

Assange finds surprising ally — but it may not be enough

| Feb 5, 2016

Assange finds surprising ally — but it may not be enough

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has found a surprising ally — a little known United Nations panel that has decided he has been unfairly detained in Britain while seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden to answer allegations of sexual misconduct. But it is not clear ...

Feb 5, 2016

American serving as diplomat in U.S. can face trial, judge rules

A U.S. citizen serving as a foreign diplomat from the Dominican Republic is not immune from criminal prosecution in a United Nations bribery scandal, a judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick said Francis Lorenzo can be prosecuted in a bribery case that ...